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JW
JamesWorldNews
Alastair Burnet and Reginald Bosanquet with News at Ten from 1978.

The ‘Goodnight’ from Alastair included a wide shot of the studio, normally reserved for after he would say Goodnight with only him in view.

Two legends.

DE88, itsrobert and Roger Darthwell gave kudos
JW
JamesWorldNews
A real blast from the past and, sadly, the news of the death of former News at Ten newsreader, Rory MacPherson. His son confirms his recent passing (Jan 2021) in the comments section of this clip.

Until receiving this link, I'd forgotten all about Rory. He is here, alongside Reggie B.

DE88, Roger Darthwell and Markymark gave kudos
JW
JamesWorldNews
Rare short footage of Anna Ford in the lead seat at News at Ten. And co-presenter Julian Havilland.

The ‘and finally’ from John Suchet is a story-and-a-half!

MA
Markymark
Rare short footage of Anna Ford in the lead seat at News at Ten. And co-presenter Julian Havilland.

The ‘and finally’ from John Suchet is a story-and-a-half!



No, ITN end cap, did the Thames TC cut to the Thames News slide too early ? (08:20)
JW
JamesWorldNews
Rare short footage of Anna Ford in the lead seat at News at Ten. And co-presenter Julian Havilland.

The ‘and finally’ from John Suchet is a story-and-a-half!



No, ITN end cap, did the Thames TC cut to the Thames News slide too early ? (08:20)


I believe so, Mark. In fact, someone commented along those lines in the comments section of the Youtube clip. It seems it was a Thames trademark to hit the button quickly!
NE
Newsroom
I recall seeing that last minute maneuver more than once, Rob. So, I’m guessing it was done for effect. Now and again.

Does feel like panic though.


It may have been a staged 'move' but it was rather messy, and you could do a more co-ordinated one than that, and still have the same effect of letting the viewer see the studio floor.
The camera on Suchet, reframes on the 'wipe' out of titles, which appears to throw John given the glance to the person sitting to his right. And if you are going to move a piece of equipment 'for show' you'd have the camera track right and reposition, or have the programme FM move the monitor out of the way. Not have three crew moving all at once, and bashing in to each other.


It became a part of the bulletin format when the EEN moved to the Newsroom.

'And now live to Libby Weiner in Downing Street' (Newscaster swings around from atrium to newsroom shot).

Here's a Carol Barnes example.

JW
JamesWorldNews
^ The correspondent astons (for example, at 12’46”) wouldn’t look out of place today. Especially liking the use of the ITN logo.

And wasn’t Carol Barnes just ace!
BL
bluecortina
Rare short footage of Anna Ford in the lead seat at News at Ten. And co-presenter Julian Havilland.

The ‘and finally’ from John Suchet is a story-and-a-half!



No, ITN end cap, did the Thames TC cut to the Thames News slide too early ? (08:20)


The end music is a pretty big clue. It seemed to me that ITN closing sequence was somewhat ponderous, but despite that they simply never got to the colour prod. Generally ITN will drop their production people credits rather than risk overrunning.

In those days, and even now, there is a gallery PA who does the ‘big sum’ and the chances of ITN not coming off air on time is very small. Very small.
Last edited by bluecortina on 11 March 2021 8:16pm
IS
Inspector Sands

The end music is a pretty big clue. It seemed to me that ITN closing sequence was somewhat ponderous, but despite that they simply never got to the colour prod. Generally ITN will drop their production people credits rather than risk overrunning.

They didn't cut off much though did they? The Editor credit was normally the last thing, I'm pretty sure there wasn't an 'ITN Production' caption at the end of the bulletins in those days.


I always found it curious that ITN bulletins have always had credits, but regular BBC news bulletins never have. I've never known why
MA
Markymark

The end music is a pretty big clue. It seemed to me that ITN closing sequence was somewhat ponderous, but despite that they simply never got to the colour prod. Generally ITN will drop their production people credits rather than risk overrunning.

They didn't cut off much though did they? The Editor credit was normally the last thing, I'm pretty sure there wasn't an 'ITN Production' caption at the end of the bulletins in those days.


I always found it curious that ITN bulletins have always had credits, but regular BBC news bulletins never have. I've never known why


Well, now here's an example of a News at Ten with an ITN end cap, and also a trigger hapy Thames.

Spool to 3 mins

https://youtu.be/oMT7JLzAEJA

That's from 1981, but you're right, a bit of You Tubing in the late 70s reveals no end caps
BL
bluecortina

The end music is a pretty big clue. It seemed to me that ITN closing sequence was somewhat ponderous, but despite that they simply never got to the colour prod. Generally ITN will drop their production people credits rather than risk overrunning.

They didn't cut off much though did they? The Editor credit was normally the last thing, I'm pretty sure there wasn't an 'ITN Production' caption at the end of the bulletins in those days.


I always found it curious that ITN bulletins have always had credits, but regular BBC news bulletins never have. I've never known why


I've never known why either, was it like that from the beginning of ITN?
MA
Markymark

The end music is a pretty big clue. It seemed to me that ITN closing sequence was somewhat ponderous, but despite that they simply never got to the colour prod. Generally ITN will drop their production people credits rather than risk overrunning.

They didn't cut off much though did they? The Editor credit was normally the last thing, I'm pretty sure there wasn't an 'ITN Production' caption at the end of the bulletins in those days.


I always found it curious that ITN bulletins have always had credits, but regular BBC news bulletins never have. I've never known why


I've never known why either, was it like that from the beginning of ITN?


Probably more of a mystery why the BBC don't (apart from Newsnight)?

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